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Apr
19
Thu
Realm Makers @ Sheraton Westport Chalet
Apr 19 – Apr 22 all-day

Realm Makers is the only conference for Christians who write speculative fiction. Come find your tribe at this unique conference. This year’s preconference workshop is by the amazing Tosca Lee, who will teach what it takes to craft a successful writing life. Carla Hoch will lead a post-conference workshop on writing fight scenes. In between will be a fantastic lineup of continuing tracks and classes specially designed for those who write science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Daniel Schwabauer, creator of the One Year Adventure Novel program, will lead the teen track.

Kristen will moderate a panel discussion on writing diverse characters with sensitivity.

Apr
21
Sat
April Meeting @ Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Apr 21 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Our guest speaker for April is Kristin Durfee, a forensics expert working in law enforcement. Her talk, “Firearms in Fiction,” will cover what you need to know to avoid common mistakes writers make in this area. Learn the difference between a cartridge and a magazine and what exactly a full metal jacket is. Durfee will address key points and elements necessary for writers, including the correct types and terminology of firearms, information about what the crime lab does and does not do, and how those elements tie together in court and in fiction.

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Apr
22
Sun
Write, Publish, Sell! @ Hilton Rialto
Apr 22 @ 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The Authors for Authors spring conference features a fantastic lineup of writing instructors in multiple breakout sessions. Conference also includes discussion groups and a keynote speaker focused on how to write, publish and sell your work.

Kristen will be teaching Satisfying Endings: A Crucial but Overlooked Element of Great Fiction.

May
3
Thu
PENCON @ DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport
May 3 – May 5 all-day

PENCON, a division of Christian Editor Network LLC, is the only conference for editors in the Christian market. We specialize in editing and proofreading for CBA authors, agents, and publishers.

Keynote Speaker Robert Hudson is the author of The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style and is an editor at Zondervan.

May
17
Thu
The Well Lake Michigan @ Geneva Camp and Conference Center
May 17 – May 19 all-day

The Well is a ministry to Christian artists who are at all levels of their creative journey. Whether you are just starting out have been in the business for a long time, you are welcome. The Well Lake Michigan conference is called focused on Christian writers. There is a speculative fiction track, a screenwriting track, and general writing workshops.

Kristen will be teaching two classes:
Edit Like a Pro: A System for Editing Fiction and Nonfiction and
Unventing Language: Use Real Languages to Inspire Your Fiction

We’ll see you at The Well!

May
19
Sat
Monthly Meeting @ Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
May 19 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Bring your lunch for a time of fun, fellowship, and learning.

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Jun
16
Sat
June Seminar @ Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Jun 16 @ 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

How to Edit Your Novel Systematically: A Method for Revising Your Book Like a Pro

Presenter: Kristen Stieffel

Writers know that great writing requires rewriting, editing, and polishing a manuscript to perfection. But writing and editing are two different skills, and writers are seldom taught how to edit. So writers approach editing haphazardly. We think editing means reading our books over and over, fixing mistakes as we see them until there are no more mistakes to find. But it is possible—and very common—to get stuck in an infinite loop of revision, because one never knows when one is finished.

Kristen struggled with this as a writer, but when she trained to be an editor, she learned a systematic method of editing that allows editors to work through a manuscript efficiently and with sure knowledge about when the job is done.

Edit checklist

In this full-day class, Kristen will teach the rigorous process professional editors use to evaluate and edit novels. You’ll learn how to build a book map to analyze (and if necessary fix) your novel’s structure. Then you’ll get tools for planning your editing in a methodical way so you can tackle issues in the correct order, avoid analysis paralysis, and—most importantly—know when you have finished. This seminar covers 10 elements of fiction:

  • Character
  • Point of View
  • Plot
  • Structure
  • Pacing
  • Setting
  • Description
  • Dialog
  • Voice
  • Mechanics

Every attendee will receive an advance copy of Kristen’s upcoming editing book, which is based on the Edit Like a Pro: Elements of Fiction series at her website.

The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for registration, coffee, and Second Breakfast. Teaching starts at 9 a.m. We’ll break at noon for lunch, which is included. Kristen will wrap up the teaching by 4 p.m., after which we can have Q&A time and socialize. This event takes the place of our normal monthly meeting.

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Orlando Editing Seminar @ to be announced
Jun 16 @ 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

How to Edit Your Novel Systematically

A Method for Revising Your Book Like a Pro

Writers know that great writing requires rewriting, editing, and polishing a manuscript to perfection. But writing and editing are two different skills, and writers are seldom taught how to edit. So writers approach editing haphazardly. We think editing means reading our books over and over, fixing mistakes as we see them until there are no more mistakes to find. But it is possible—and very common—to get stuck in an infinite loop of revision, because one never knows when one is finished.

I struggled with this as a writer, but when I trained to be an editor, I learned a systematic method of editing that allows editors to work through a manuscript efficiently and with sure knowledge about when the job is done.

Once the venue is confirmed, we’ll update this event with more details.

Jun
21
Thu
SoCal Christian Writers Conference @ Biola University
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

This Christian writers conference includes several continuing tracks, plus afternoon workshops and meetings with faculty members. A teen track is offered, and teens get a 30 percent discount on their registration.

Keynote speakers: Mary Demuth and Liz Tolsma

Kristen will be teaching two classes:
Satisfying Endings: A Crucial but Overlooked Element of Great Fiction and
Unventing Language: Use Real Languages to Inspire Your Fiction

Jul
21
Sat
Monthly Meeting @ Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Jul 21 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Bring your lunch for a time of fun, fellowship, and learning.

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